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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day through Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Free Weekend Activities
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
Free Nature Programs
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.
Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15 (self-directed)
Discover what to do if you find baby birds out of their nests.
Turtles in New Jersey
Saturday & Sunday, May 21 & 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
See turtles native to the state and find out where you might spot them on the trail.
Brook Trout Send Off
Saturday, May 28 from 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy some fishy crafts and nature movies and then help us feed the trout for the last time before we release them into the river.
Whose Skull is Whose?
Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29 (self-directed)
Try your hand at matching the skull to the animal.
Sunday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Look for and identify butterflies with a Park System Naturalist during this walk. Open to ages 12 and up.
Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 11 (self-directed)
Take advantage of this opportunity to fish in the Garden State without a license or trout stamp.
Snakes in New Jersey
Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19 at 1 p.m.
Discover the variety of snakes found in New Jersey.
Dragons of the Sky
Saturday & Sunday, June 25 & 26 (self-directed)
Learn about these amazing insects.
- Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
- State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.